Thursday, 21 March 2013

Coo-ee...

highland cow coo-ee hamish border
'Coo-ee' - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 50cm

I've been working on it for weeks and today, I finally finished my Highland Cow (or Coo as it is known in Scotland). In the background is Dounreay - the nuclear power plant which is a very recognisable man-made landmark up here. It's being decommissioned to make way for a million wind farms (all of which have wind turbines which never seem to turn!)

I'll no doubt give myself a week's 'tweeking' time before I varnish it as once I see it on my computer screen I'll notice everything that's wrong with it, all those annoyances that somehow can't be seen from hours of staring at the actual canvas.



Anyway, I took a photo after every painting session, of which there were 16 at between 2- 4 hours each and I thought I'd put them all together into a slideshow so you can see how it progressed.  It may look like I took a step forward and two steps back after some sessions, which in fact I did as I painted and re-painted that damn fringe of hair I don't know how many times!!

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In other news from the far north, on Monday evening I went along to the AGM of the Society of Caithness Artists together with Angela, who I met by chance one day when she popped into the animal re-homing shelter.  She has also just moved up here, from England, and she is also an artist so when I contacted the Society about exhibiting and they invited me to the AGM, I invited Angela too as it was a good way to meet other local artists (although I suspect we are nearly all blow-ins as I heard only a couple of Scottish accents amongst the English!)  Angela has a blog here. She also does animal portraits (and exceptionally well, I might add!).  



In July/August every year they have an open exhibit (which apparently Prince Charles exhibits a couple of paintings at although I note he doesn't pay his £5.00 membership fee for the privilege!)  We can submit 4 paintings of which at least 2 must be for sale.  I plan to do more paintings like this Coo one to exhibit (and hopefully sell.

I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday, hosted as ever by Kristin and Eva.  


30 comments:

  1. this is beautiful , I just love love love the eye!!! (well I love it all but the eye,,, wow!)

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  2. You coo is just gorgeous! When i first went to scotland, i remember taking a whole roll of film just of the coos. I hope your exhibition goes well, it sounds as if you are settling in your new home x

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  3. Love your Highland Coo! Good idea with the progress photos too! Valerie

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  4. love this so much and the progress shots were fascinating... but boy that is a long time to spend ... so totally worth it for this as a finished piece and your commitment to it is astounding... and excited that you will be a part of the exhibiting group... it all sounds like it has been such a wonderful thing for you to make this move...xx

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  5. Fabulous paint of a coo! and seeing him come to life in your slideshow

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  6. An absolutely stunning painting. Thank you for slide show, it was good and inspiring to see your painting process. Have a great PPF!!!

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  7. Just love this one Nic! Happy Spring and HPPF!

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  8. OMG that fringe of hair! I LOVE it! What a great cow! And it's great that you have a chance to exhibit your art! Keep painting girl!

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  9. Yeah, that fringe! Awesome, detailed, original and fabulous! <3

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  10. Your coo is amazing. I loved watching the slide show and seeing the process. How wonderful to meet fellow artists in your new home. It sounds like a perfect place to live.

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  11. A true professional, that's YOU, and I haven't even clicked on the video yet (I will in a few min.). I just love this Coo of yours. That mane is exceptional and the distant power plant...WOW! You brought it all together and made it live and breathe on your canvas. Amazing work. I think it is your best, although I love everything you do.

    I'm happy to hear you're meeting local artists. You'll get inspiration from them as they will from you. Enjoy!!

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  12. This is absolutely stunning! You captured the long hairs perfectly. Great job!

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  13. I was blown away when I saw this! This and the cow make a wonderful start to a series, surely? Then you could go along to some local galleries! I think the landmark in the background was a clever idea too. Honestly - this is just fantastic! No way could I do it :0)

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  14. Now that is one mighty fine Coo. I don't suppose that's considered a bad hair day for a cow, but my goodness that is quite a head of hair he's got. Beautiful work. Your animal portraits are just magical!

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  15. The slide show wouldn't work for me but I loved the photos of your Coo. In my book, you are one of the best animal artist I know of. Excellent work as always. Happy PPF!

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  16. think am going mad as am sure I commented on this fab painting before but cannot see my comments............. am sure you will have no trouble selling this wonderful painting.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Great Coo - I've seen the original painting which is even better! Thanks for the mention and compliments! Henry says "now you know what I have to put up with" (with regards to his cartoon character!)

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  18. Oh you won't have any trouble selling Nic-your coo is spectacular!!! I keep looking at all those fine details -wow! Ii have an online art friend who lives in Scotland too- in Peeblesshire and her blog is filled with fabulous photos of where she lives. Happy PPF!

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  19. Your highland cow rocks!
    Love the pointillist technique in this; so rich!
    Magnificent!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. It was great watching the coo develop and it looked like that coo went to the beauty shop for a new hairdo several times. :) I love that you continued the painting on the side borders. And that sweet eye! Very nice.

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  21. I certainly cant find anything wrong with this painting. You are picky if you do. :) Wow.. you have been doing more then painting walls! :)Its amazing how being an Artist or Animal lover draws us to others like a moth to a flame. Sounds like you are on your way to getting that art out there and making new friends. HPPF

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  22. What an amazing amount of detail. Your highland coo is just amazing. I love fringe of hair, it was definitely worth the effort. Gorgeous!!

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  23. You can't even know how excited I am to be AT your blog...I have tried fifteen times all different ways to get here to no avail!! Finally I clicked on another ppf persons comment link to get here!! So frustrating... the ppf link won't work for me either.. What is up with that I wonder?

    Anyway I can now catch up..... I am so excited for you....I hope you sell at least two during the showing...I have no doubt they will be scooped up... Everything you do is so wonderful and this lazy guy is rather bullishly lovable in all his glorious detail!! Good job as always!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  24. Totally FABULOUS.... just one amazing Coo. Gorgeous work :-D xxx

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  25. ooohhhh I love this cow. I have a thing for cows anyway and I love this one. Great art!!
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  26. This is just amazing detail and technique. Thanks for sharing the photos of each session. I really enjoyed that. Happy PPF (on Saturday!)

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  27. What a stunning piece...your art is always so inspiring...brilliant and all the efforts you have put in are astounding :)

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  28. Wow!This is beautiful! My Dad used to work at Dounreay, your painting brought back many happy memories, lovely to discover you're blog and fabulous art. :)

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  29. Interesting art and love the way it has been beautifully expressed... even I am take stage by stage photos...helps a lot :)

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  30. Omg, I just saw this (catching up on my blog reading) and this is amazing!!! Looks awesome!! Fringed hair, the composition, everything came out really lovely Nic.

    :)
    xo,
    Karyna

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